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MCADCafe Weekly (11/29/2012): Autodesk Fusion 360 Cloud-Based Design

Thursday, November 29th, 2012


Autodesk Ushers In New Era of Cloud Based Design

Autodesk previewed Autodesk Fusion 360, the world ’s first comprehensive cloud-based 3D modeling offering, at Autodesk University.

Autodesk Fusion 360 allows design and engineering professionals to more easily create 3D product designs and collaborate with others in the cloud. The cloud technology behind Autodesk Fusion 360 offers anytime, anywhere access, from virtually any mobile device or web browser and puts essential data at the center of the design experience. It also supports an open design environment, allowing designers to readily incorporate and modify CAD data from virtually any source.

“Data is at the center of the product design process, and the cloud frees that data to be accessible anywhere, anytime, ”; said Robert “Buzz ” Kross, senior vice president, Design, Lifecycle and Simulation at Autodesk. “Autodesk Fusion 360 will give designers and engineers the first powerful, easy-to-use and complete cloud-based design solution.”

Autodesk Fusion 360 leverages the Autodesk 360 cloud-based platform and adds to Autodesk ’s cloud portfolio for manufacturers, which includes Autodesk PLM 360, a cloud-based product lifecycle management offering, and Autodesk Simulation 360, a comprehensive set of simulation tools delivered securely in the cloud.

3D Industrial and Mechanical Design in the Cloud

A comprehensive product design tool geared toward small business professionals, Autodesk Fusion 360 capabilities span all aspects of industrial and mechanical design, melded with anytime, anywhere access to data, collaborative and social development capabilities the cloud has to offer. Autodesk Fusion 360 also connects to advanced capabilities such as large scale mockup, simulation, PLM and rendering.

Next Generation User Experience

Autodesk Fusion 360 offers a radically different user experience through an intuitive interface that conforms to the role and level of user expertise. Autodesk Fusion 360 provides built-in guidance to novice users to speed the learning curve, and the ability to turn off guidance and access deeper functionality for design experts. Regardless of their level of expertise, users can start designing in a matter of minutes and begin to leverage Autodesk Fusion 360 ’s integrated social collaboration tools.

Redpoint Studios, a New England based industrial design and product engineering consultancy, recently adopted Autodesk Fusion 360 to help their clients bring compelling new products to market faster. “The learning curve is phenomenal. In a matter of days I was modeling blends and transitions that would take months, if not years, of skill building to achieve in a NURBS modeler, ” said Matthew Harris, Industrial Designer, Redpoint Studios, LLC. “The potential for this product is huge and I can ’t wait to see what ’s next. ”;


Autodesk Fusion 360 will be available on a term basis making it affordable to businesses of all sizes. This delivery model will provide maximum flexibility and eliminate the high upfront costs of software license purchases, as well as the annual expense of software updates and upgrades. It is an ideal fit for professionals and small businesses seeking flexibility to scale their product design tools to fit changing project needs.

Autodesk Fusion 360 is expected to be generally available next year. For more information and a chance to experience Autodesk Fusion 360, visit

Commentary By Jeffrey Rowe, Editor

Although I couldn’t attend Autodesk University this year, it didn’t stop me from briefly speaking with Keith Perrin, Autodesk Senior Industry Manager about Autodesk’s Fusion 360 the day before the official announcement at AU. I actually spoke with him on an Amtrak train between Chicago and Detroit while passing by the steel mills in Gary, Indiana. Somewhat fitting.

What was Project Forge when I spoke with Perrin the day before the announcement became Autodesk Fusion 360 the next day at AU.

I had been wondering about what plans Autodesk had for T-Splines after acquiring it, and the answer came in the form of Fusion 360. Also in the mix is Autodesk’s direct modeling technology, Fusion. It seems that Fusion 360 is intended to appeal to users who may or may not have other CAD experience. It combines capabilities for conceptual design for the industrial designer, as well as design refinement capabilities for the design engineer.

Fusion 360 is an extension into CAD of some other cloud-based technologies that Autodesk already offers for simulation and PLM. Perrin said that Fusion 360 is an example of another one of the jigsaw pieces coming together for Autodesk’s Digital Prototyping initiative in the cloud.

With functions coming from both T-Splines and Fusion, Autodesk Fusion 360 will offer a hybrid modeling approach with explicit, direct, and parametric modeling capabilities.

The UI sounds interesting as Perrin said it would be gesture based with relatively few buttons and pulldowns. He also said that the UI would lend to Fusion 360’s discoverable approach with no formal training required. The “training” is embedded in the application and provides self-paced guidance. Exactly what this is remains to be seen, but sounds like an interesting approach.

Because Fusion 360 is intended to work in mixed CAD environments, interoperability was a big deal and got a lot of attention during development. Built-in translators residing in the cloud will provide for import and export of design data in most major formats.

Fusion 360 is due out as a marketable application in early 2013. Going forward Fusion 360, because of its cloud/online nature, will be frequently updated throughout the year, and not restricted and subject to Autodesk’s annual major release cycle.

For now, Fusion 360 is being developed for and will initially be available for PC and Mac desktop platforms, but should be available for iOS, Android, and Windows tablets down the road. Ultimately, this will provide for design and collaboration capabilities on both desktop and mobile platforms.

When asked about pricing, Perrin said that it would be “aggressive,” but had yet to be determined.

Although I’m not totally sold on the cloud concept for design work, Autodesk Fusion 360 might be a game changer as it combines various aspects of conceptual design and design refinement. I’m anxious to sign up for a trial and experience what design in the cloud is all about.


The Week’s Top Stories

At MCADCafé we track many things, including the stories that have attracted the most interest from our subscribers. Below are the news items that were the most viewed during last week.

Geomagic Announces Geomagic Spark, a Revolutionary New Approach to Designing from Scan Data

Geomagic announced Geomagic Spark, the newest addition to the company’s line of 3D scan, design and inspection applications According to the company, Geomagic Spark is the only 3D software that combines a live 3D scanning interface, robust 3D point and mesh editing capabilities, comprehensive modeling design, assembly modeling, and 2D drawing creation in one complete application. While traditional CAD packages have modeling capabilities, they lack the tools to process 3D scan data into usable 3D. Geomagic Spark, however, incorporates 3D scan data functionality, integrating Geomagic’s advanced scanning technology, 15 years in the making, with the direct modeling capabilities of the SpaceClaimplatform. Now, users can create accurate, manufacturable solid models and assemblies using combined scan and CAD data in the same application, even with partial scan data.

OPEN MIND and CGTech Announce Renewed Agreement

OPEN MIND, developer of hyperMILL, software for programming CNC machine tools, and CGTech, developer of VERICUT software for simulating CNC machine tools, announced today a renewed agreement between their two companies. As part of this relationship, the two companies work closely to provide integration between their products and customer support. CGTech and OPEN MIND have already worked together to create an interface between hyperMILL and VERICUT. The interface, which continues to be enhanced, is designed to help their mutual customers create a better machining process by providing an easy way to verify hyperMILL’s post-processed machining paths in VERICUT.

Delcam CADCAM used for machining of laser-sintered metal

Additive manufacturing and machining are usually regarded as competing processes. However, the two technologies are being combined in a project at the French research centre PEP, where Delcam’s PowerSHAPE CAD software and PowerMILL CAM system are being used to finish machine parts created by laser sintering. PEP is the main technical centre for innovation in the French plastics industry, specializing in the injection molding of thermoplastics. The main areas of expertise of PEP’s researchers and engineers include design and simulation of parts and processes, injection molding processes and tooling, and plastics materials.The Delcam software was first chosen by PEP for PLATINNO, a technological innovation platform for tooling undertaken in association with CETIM, France’s main research centre for mechanical engineering. The aim of the project is to provide support – technical, human resources and financial – for companies working in the French plastics sector. With support from CETIM, which has undertaken research into high-speed machining for many years, PEP was introduced to all the main CADCAM vendors to assess their systems. The organisation particularly liked the Delcam software, not least because the company could meet all of its needs. It acquired PowerSHAPE, PowerMILL, PowerINSPECT and ArtCAM.

Aras Announces VPLM for Autodesk Vault

Aras announced the launch of a new solution designed specifically for companies that run Autodesk Vault with Inventor and AutoCAD. Aras VPLMTM for Autodesk Vault provides packaged functionality out-of-the-box for corporate-wide PLM business processes, enabling global companies that run Autodesk software to improve product quality, accelerate time to market and achieve greater profitability.Built on top of Autodesk Vault Professional, Aras VPLM extends the capabilities of Autodesk Vault to drive PLM processes throughout a company and its supply chain for collaboration across organizations including product development, operations, quality, purchasing, sales & marketing and other groups worldwide. Scalable and secure, Aras VPLM is a business-ready solution for New Product Development and Introduction (NPDI), Complex Configuration Management, Enterprise Change Management, Outsourced Manufacturing, Quality Compliance and more.

Jeffrey Rowe is the editor of MCADCafé and MCAD Weekly Review. He can be reached at or 719.221.1867.

This Week

Lead Story

Autodesk Ushers In New Era of Cloud Based Design

Product and Company News

The Cloud Takes Center-stage at Autodesk University 2012

Dassault Systèmes Announces the V6 Release 2013x of its 3DEXPERIENCE Platform

PLMIG Workshop Series produces first draft Version 3.0 PLM-ERP Handbook

SofTech Announces Latest Release: ProductCenter PLM 9.3.0

MecSoft releases VisualXPORT 2.0 for SolidWorks

Granta Announces Foundation Partnership Integrating Materials Information Management with Siemens PLM Software

Pratt & Whitney Canada Selects Dassault Systèmes’ 3DEXPERIENCE Platform

RS Components Enhances its 3D CAD Model Selection Tools for Engineers

Missler Software introduces TopSolid’Split 7.7

Autodesk Reports Third Quarter Results

SIMPOE announces 45 day SimpoEdge free trial program for Solid Edge users

Optomec and Stratasys to Present Capability Assessment of 3D Printing Integrated with Printed Electronics

Geomagic Announces the 2013 Editions of Geomagic Qualify and Geomagic Qualify Probe

Moldex3D partners with OPM to leverage two companies’ technologies in conformal cooling solution

BOXX Unveils New Multi-GPU Workstation at Autodesk University 2012

Tech Soft 3D Brings Leading Desktop Technology to the Cloud with HOOPS Communicator

GibbsCAM Extends Educational Program into Student Homes

KeyShot Now Available with PTC Creo 2.0 Academic Edition

Free CAD data translation from Delcam

Mentor Graphics and PTC Support the Real World Design Challenge Program with Software Donations

CIMdata Releases Series of Country-Specific PLM Market Analysis Reports

New KOMPAS-3D V13 Plus Available

Impressive solutions for manufacturers from ROBOTMASTER and its partners

Solutions for manufacturers from ROBOTMASTER and its partners

NAFEMS: Download Free SDM White Paper

Siemens PLM Software is Named 2012 China’s Best CAE Supplier for its Advanced Simulation Solution

Lakowa Utilizes ZW3D

ESPower Electronics Implements Aras PLM Platform for Product Portfolio Management

Liquidmetal Technologies’ Manufacturing Partner Moves Beyond Prototypes to Ship First Production Parts

CAE and HPC experts wanted!

Software Cradle scSTREAM and HEAT Designer Version10 Release

Robots App Brings Amazing World of Robotics to iPad

pewag and TraceParts present together for the first time a world first in lifting technology

tetra4D Releases New 3D PDF Plug-Ins for Autodesk Products

Related MCAD News

Autodesk Named One of the Top 25 Best Workplaces

Visteon Expands Information and Controls Portfolio with Head-Up Display Technology

SAE International Responds to Recent CO2 Statement – Invites Automakers for Collaboration on CO2 as an Automotive Refrigerant

Mazor Robotics Announces Financial Results for the Third Quarter 2012 and Provides Update on Operating Progress

HP Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2012 Results

Corporate Moves

Boeing Moving to New Complex in Huntsville

AMT Technical Director Tim Shinbara Selected for National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute Executive Committee

Industry Events

Call For Speakers Opens For 2013 3D Collaboration & Interoperability Congress (CIC)

Phenomenal Response to NAFEMS World Congress’ Call for Papers

GibbsCAM Triple-Feature at Autodesk University 2012

MecSoft Announces Presence at EuroMold 2012

Improved Corrosion Protection and Instant Cure Coatings for Tube and Pipe Manufacturing at FABTECH

CimatronE’s Complete Mold Solution on Show at EuroMold

HP Demonstrates Cloud-based Large-format Printing Solutions and Workstations at Autodesk University

Webinar: What’s New in NX 8.5 CAM (Saratech – Dec. 13, 2012)

Webinar: Innovations in Engineering Simulation for Today’s Electric & Hybrid Vehicles (CD-adapco – December 6, 2012)

ModuleWorks to show latest CAD/CAM components at Euromold

Delcam to show latest in CADCAM for toolmakers in Indonesia

Webinar: Vehicle Thermal Management System Performance Modeling with System Level Fluid Simulation (Mentor Graphics – Dec. 12, 2012)

Creaform’s Go!SCAN 3D Handheld and White Light 3D Scanner Showcased at EuroMOLD 2012

ZW3D Design Challenge – Holiday Edition

IMAGINiT Technologies and ASCENT Experts Speak at Autodesk University and ATC Summit 2012

Webinar: Simplify programming with Refer-Operation in ZW3D (ZWSoft – December 6, 2012)

IMAGINiT Technologies Releases New Software and Services at Autodesk University 2012

Actify Announces Viewing 2.0, the Next Generation Platform in Product Data Viewing at EuroMold

Robotmaster at Euromold 2012

Tata Technologies Urges Manufacturers: ‘Learn, Connect, Explore’ at Autodesk University 2012

Productivity solutions at EuroMOLD include the latest developments in all WorkNC CAD/CAM solutions and a preview of WorkNC Robot

SURFCAM 6 to be Demonstrated at EuroMold 2012

Delcam India to show Vortex high-speed roughing at IMTEX

Corporate Newsletters

FEA Information Journal – November 2012

Hawk Ridge Systems SolidWorks Newsletter – December 2012

Autodesk Elaborates on HSMWorks Acquisition (A Little Bit)

Tuesday, November 20th, 2012

It seems that one of the most talked about events in the engineering software space this year has been Autodesk’s acquisition of HSMWorks. The misconceptions and misunderstandings surrounding this acquisition have been amazing.

In an attempt to get a better handle on the reasons and implications for the acquisition, I spoke briefly with Carl White, Director of Manufacturing Engineering Products at Autodesk.

He said the primary reason for the HSMWorks acquisition was to get into production workflows that previously had been untouched (from Autodesk’s perspective). He feels that the acquisition will help round out Autodesk’s Digital Prototyping philosophy, since he believes that HSMWorks is oriented to both CAM programmers and designers.

For the near term, White said that Autodesk is looking hard at the best way to integrate HSMWorks into the workflows of Autodesk (Inventor) customers. He said that Autodesk intends to keep improving the underlying HSMWorks kernel and will remain neutral and CAD agnostic. OK, I’ll buy that for the time being.

Longer term, he said that Autodesk would be exploring more cloud options with HSMWorks, but couldn’t elaborate at this time. There’s that cloud thing again . . .

He said that the HSMWorks channel is viable and still running, but didn’t elaborate too much on that point.

In closing, White said that Autodesk realizes that it is largely dealing with mixed, and not exclusive, CAD environments. He maintained that Autodesk is not in the business of acquiring technology companies to shut them down.

This is an example of Autodesk making an acquisition as part of its strategy to becoming a bigger presence in the plug-in software business. White said that Autodesk is committed to continuing to develop HSMWorks to benefit both Inventor and SolidWorks users.

So, after talking with Autodesk’s Carl White about the fate of HSMWorks product and customers, I came away with a feeling that it may not be the doom and gloom situation purported by some, but this is one to watch closely to see what actually happens as we move forward.

MCADCafe Weekly (11/8/2012): Siemens PLM Software Acquiring LMS

Thursday, November 8th, 2012

Siemens is expanding its portfolio of industry software by acquiring LMS International NV (Leuven, Belgium), a leading provider of test and mechatronic simulation software including model-based systems engineering to the automotive, aerospace and other advanced manufacturing industries. With this acquisition, Siemens will become the first product lifecycle management (PLM) software company to provide a closed-loop systems-driven product development solution extending all the way to integrated test management. The integrated solution will increase simulation accuracy, which improves decision making and enhances customers’ ability to design the product right the first time. The decision making process is underpinned by a deep and accurate virtual analysis linked to the physical world.

Siemens is the leader in next generation product development, through a strategy that unites the virtual and real worlds and is well positioned in integrating virtual product development with physical manufacturing. The complexity of today’s products demands a systems driven approach to product development. A key element of this approach is systems engineering which requires the merging of the virtual and physical domains for product development. With the acquisition of LMS, Siemens can provide a complete suite of virtual design, simulation and physical performance testing applications intelligently integrating all aspects of the product development process.

“With the acquisition of LMS, we are expanding our portfolio of industry software in an area that is critical for many customers. They will now be able to simulate, test, optimize, and produce their products in a unified, consistent data environment. This will make them faster, more efficient, more flexible, and more cost-effective,” explains Anton S. Huber, CEO of the Industry Automation Division.

“By acquiring LMS we continue to deliver on our goal of providing the full breadth of product development solutions, from the virtual to the physical. This will enhance our core competencies by adding model-based simulation, design, test and measurement capabilities to both the virtual design and physical test process. Integrating the full environment gives our customers the ability to bring together information from the logical model, physical model and functional model to refine and optimize designs and measure results, which transforms decision making in product development. It’s something our customers appreciate today and will even more fully appreciate tomorrow. We are committed to investing both organically and through acquisitions to achieve our vision, which includes providing world class simulation solutions,” said Chuck Grindstaff, CEO and president of Siemens’ PLM Software Business Unit.

“We will continue to focus on our core strength of test and mechatronic simulation,” said Urbain Vandeurzen, Chairman and CEO of LMS. “In combination with the entire Siemens PLM Software portfolio we plan to further expand our leading position in the automotive, aerospace and other advanced industries. We are confident that the strong market recognition of LMS’ engineering excellence will continue to be visible and to appeal to customers in all industries.”

The manufacturing industry faces a significant challenge of efficiently developing the right products while mastering the growing complexity of next generation products. One aspect of this growing complexity is the rapid expansion of products integrating mechanical systems, electronics and software, referred to as mechatronic systems. With the acquisition of LMS, Siemens is well positioned to deliver PLM solutions where the mechatronic systems in a new design will simultaneously be optimized.

This acquisition builds on Siemens’ HD-PLM vision of providing an immersive, decision-making environment to help customers make smarter decisions resulting in better products. Siemens and LMS are both committed to providing open solutions, which allow customers the flexibility to integrate with existing systems to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of their product development and manufacturing processes.

Commentary By Jeffrey Rowe, Editor

In what has been a banner year for acquisitions in the engineering software arena, yet another notable acquisition is about to go on the books for 2012. This time it’s Siemens PLM Software acquiring LMS, a leader in test and mechatronic simulation widely used in the automotive and aerospace sectors. With a unique combination of mechatronic simulation software, testing systems and engineering services, LMS addresses diverse engineering attributes, ranging from system dynamics, structural integrity and sound quality to durability, safety, and power consumption.

We have followed LMS for several years and have been impressed by the breadth, depth, and uniqueness of its product offerings. Based on what LMS has to offer and what Siemens PLM Software has been looking for to expand its offerings in CAE and simulation, this looks like a good deal for both parties.

For several years, we have considered one of the most prominent aspects of LMS to be its Virtual.Lab, LMS’ simulation environment for functional performance engineering. LMS Virtual.Lab is an integrated software suite that simulates the performance of mechanical systems with regard to attributes such as noise and vibration, durability, ride and handling, and dynamic motion. LMS Virtual.Lab covers virtually all the critical process steps and required technologies to perform an end-to-end assessment of designs in key disciplines that are especially important to the automotive and aerospace markets. The last time I checked, LMS Virtual.Lab suite’s modules were based on CAA (Component Application Architecture), the open architecture PLM system from Dassault Systemes. Whether this is still the case and/or will continue into the future remains to be seen.

Virtual.Lab provides a digital engineering process for refining critical functional performance attributes before committing to physical prototyping. For example, LMS Virtual.Lab lets users accurately assess such things as the radiated noise of a new engine design, the vibration handling and associated comfort levels of a complete vehicle, or the fatigue resistance of an aircraft landing gear. Using Virtual.Lab, you can analyze a multitude of design options, and drive major design choices from the perspective of key performance attributes.

As it has for some time, Virtual.Lab offers application-specific modules for areas, such as powertrain acoustics, powertrain dynamics, vehicle dynamics, full-vehicle noise, vibration, and harshness (NVH), component and system-level durability. Some of the modules available with LMS Virtual Lab include:

LMS Virtual.Lab Finite Element Method (FEM) Acoustics — LMS Virtual.Lab FEM Acoustics offers an advanced method for simulating acoustics using FE meshes while still modeling the propagation area. Since these types of models tend to be large, advanced computing techniques and solvers are essential. With LMS Virtual.Lab Rev 9, FEM acoustics provides more solver options and high-tech routing features to solve practically any application regardless of size or frequency range.

LMS Virtual.Lab Boundary Element Method (BEM) Acoustics — Time domain BEM is a new time-based method for acoustic wave propagation applications. Users can see how the acoustic waves spread throughout an acoustic field. It is a way to efficiently solve problems such as high-frequency acoustic structural radiation issues.

LMS Virtual.Lab Source Identification — Source identification is an inverse acoustic technique that accurately determines vibration sources for a better understanding of noise problems and ultimately better noise and vibration system optimization. By coupling a near-field measurement with Inverse Numerical Acoustics, users can simulate vibration sources to use as loads for accurate forward acoustic predictions (near field measurement applied for far field simulation).

LMS Virtual.Lab Aero-Acoustics — Enhanced for aero-acoustic applications, LMS Virtual.Lab Aero-Acoustics now contains a variety of features to reduce flow-induced noise, including conservative mapping, quadrupoles including truncation, and confined fan.

LMS Virtual.Lab Motion — Addresses real-world problems, such as driving dynamics, aerospace, wind, powertrain, tracked vehicle and functional and physical (1D/3D) co-simulation.

LMS Virtual.Lab Durability — Thermal fatigue methodology analyzes the impact of changing temperatures on fatigue behavior both by modeling the effect of temperature on the fatigue material properties, as well as accounting for the influence of temperature cycles on fatigue performances. This is a good way to accurately evaluate fatigue for engine parts, exhaust systems, turbo chargers, and other parts that are influenced by cyclical temperatures.

For some time, LMS Virtual.Lab has integrated Design of Experiments (DOE), Response Surface Modeling (RSM) and advanced optimization techniques. These capabilities let Virtual.Lab users automatically assess several design alternatives, and use design methodologies to assess the influence of real-world variability in a search for safer, higher-quality, and better performing products.

For automotive and aerospace design simulation, the LMS Virtual.Lab suite remains one of the most comprehensive, capable, and versatile packages we have seen. Of course, Siemens is acquiring much more than Virtual.Lab, and this should be an excellent addition and complement to its high-end NX CAD line. As good acquisitions (mostly) should, this one will let each organization continue to do what they do best, hopefully in the best interest of each other’s customers.


The Week’s Top Stories

At MCADCafé we track many things, including the stories that have attracted the most interest from our subscribers. Below are the news items that were the most viewed during last week.

Delcam launches dual-column version of PowerINSPECT

A new module has been made available for the latest version of Delcam’s PowerINSPECT inspection software that allows the software to create efficient inspection sequences for use on dual-column CNC coordinate-measuring machines (CMMs). The combination of a dual-column CMM and PowerINSPECT enables inspection times to be reduced by allowing the simultaneous measurement of different features on larger parts. Using this new module provides the ability to measure parts on these devices in a single coordinate system without repositioning. In general, the dual-column mode works in a similar manner to the single-column CNC version of PowerINSPECT: models are loaded in the same way; inspection items are created using the same methods and so on. An additional programming operation is needed to distribute the various items to be inspected between the two columns. Additions to the offline-programming and program-running capabilities provide tools for moving inspection items between the two columns to balance the inspection time needed for each one. The user can switch columns in much the same way that they switch probes or tools.

Comet Solutions and Red Cedar Technology Sign Partnership Agreement to Advance Process Automation and Design Optimization

Red Cedar Technology has signed a strategic partnership agreement with Comet Solutions to integrate HEEDS multi-disciplinary design optimization technology with the Comet Performance Engineering Workspace. The Comet Performance Engineering Workspace leverages a proprietary Abstract Engineering Model to enable both process automation and multi-fidelity models. By linking this with the revolutionary technology in the HEEDS multi-disciplinary optimization software, the design space of a complete CAD and CAE system model can be quickly explored and the design can be efficiently optimized.

Granta announces new integration with ANSYS software

Granta Design announced a new software product to provide vital materials data for simulation engineers, developed through Granta’s partnership with ANSYS. The new GRANTA MI:Materials Gateway for ANSYS Workbench enables validated materials property models to be quickly and consistently accessed and applied from within ANSYS software, providing full traceability of the materials inputs to simulations. Working with some of the world’s top engineering enterprises, Granta has developed GRANTA MI, a system to capture, analyze, and manage all of a company’s corporate materials data – for example, from testing, R&D, or previous design experience. This data is complemented by Granta’s catalog of materials property reference data, which covers metals, plastics, ceramics, composite materials, etc. With the new MI:Materials Gateway any authorized ANSYS Workbench user can browse and search all of this information resource within their routine workflows. They can then select approved CAE models and apply them directly to their simulation projects.

GstarCAD releases GstarCAD MC PRO for Android

GstarCAD released GstarCAD MC PRO for Android provides users many functions, such as browsing, editing, sharing and saving CAD drawings on a mobile device. GstarCAD MC PRO adds some innovative functions, including reading .dwg drawings directly without conversion and complete offline functionality.

Jeffrey Rowe is the editor of MCADCafé and MCAD Weekly Review. He can be reached at or 719.221.1867.

This Week

Lead Story

Siemens PLM Software Acquiring LMS

Product and Company News

Editorial: Kinetic Modeling by Scott Wertel

PTC Sponsors 2013 Real World Design Challenge

Wire EDM in Edgecam 2013 R1

Vero Software Release VISI 20

PTC Announces Solid Q4 EPS Results

ModuleWorks and exocad sign partnership agreement

Terrafugia Selects Product Lifecycle Management Solution From Omnify Software

Stratasys Adds Black ULTEM 9085 High Performance Thermoplastic for Additive Manufacturing

Stratasys and Objet Provide Update on CFIUS Review

ANSYS, Inc. Reports Record Q3 Results

Case Study: Alphacam Accuracy Helps Swiss Watches Keep Perfect Time

Rapidly Growing Boat Dock Company Turns to Autodesk Software

Groundbreaking Study of Complex Composite Materials with MSC Nastran and Marc

Geomagic Teams with Solutionix to Provide 3D Scanning Software for the Versatile New Rexcan CS Plus Scanner

Missler Software and Okuma collaborate closely together

Tech Soft 3D Now Global Provider of Autodesk Software Development Platforms and Tools

ZW3D 2012 SP2 Released With a More Efficient and Intelligent Mold Design Module

Luxion and DuPont Performance Coatings Launch KeyShot Material Download Site for DuPont Paints

Apriso Accelerates Move to Paperless Manufacturing with FlexNet 9.6

Icona Solutions’ latest 3D ‘virtualisation’ software empowers design teams in perceived quality decision-making

Russian Nuclear Company NIAEP Powered by Dassault Systèmes’ 3DEXPERIENCE Platform

Tecnodinamica of Italy Implements Aras Enterprise PLM Backbone

Dassault Systèmes Reports Solid Q3 and Upgrades Q4 and Full Year 2012 Financial Objectives

Geometric’s Revenues Rise

DMG Virtual Machine interface for TopSolid’Cam

Majenta Solutions earns Autodesk Product Support Certification

MontaVista Announces New Proof-of-Concept Program to Deliver Low-Cost Option for Rapid Prototyping of Automotive Projects

New Reporting and Tool Oscillation in Alphacam 2013 R1

New technology partnership leads the way to better and faster simulation (Infolytica )

CADENAS PARTsolutions Launches Mobile Apps for Industrial Manufacturers to Publish Product Catalogs, Configurators and CAD Models to iPad and Android Tablets

Easier Multi-Tool Use in Radan 2013

PDF3D Integrates XSL-FO for 3D Technical Report Generation

New Release fo Fatigue Analysis Software fe-safe (Safe Technology)

Institute of Technical Education Selects Intergraph SmartMarine 3D

New SolidWorks forums in Spanish

Mazor Robotics Receives First Renaissance System Order from Transmedic Pte Ltd, Southeast Asian Distributor

Related MCAD News

HP Delivers Comprehensive Windows 8 PC Portfolio

Visteon Reports Q3 2012 Results

Autodesk Ranks #6 Among IT Companies on Newsweek Magazine’s Green Rankings

HP Unveils Cloud-Based Service Desk Solution

HP Helps SMBs Modernize IT Infrastructure to Support Growing Mobile Use

Delphi Completes Acquisition of Motorized Vehicles Division of FCI

EMC Delivers Documentum Platform 7.0

Bisimoto Engineering Builds 600+ HP Hyundai Elantra GT Concept For 2012 SEMA Show

DP Technology Corp. and ZOLLER GmbH & Co. KG. Introduce New ESPRIT-ZOLLER Interface

Corporate Moves

Actify Opens New Office in Edinburgh, Scotland

Industry Events

Longview Advisors Announces 2013 3D Collaboration & Interoperability Congress

PLM Road Map To Be Presented with PLM Innovation Americas 2013

CimatronE’s Die Design Solutions on Show at EuroBlech

CIMdata Announces Date and Location for the Next North American CIMdata PLM Certificate Program

Delcam for SolidWorks 2013 on show at SolidWorks World

Video News: ROBOTMASTER powers new robotic solutions for manufacturing at IMTS 2012

Design & Manufacturing Event to Join Montreal Exposition and Conference

Additive Manufacturing Users Group Conference Opens Registration

Webinar: Explore and Improve your Design – Faster than Ever Before with ANSYS 14.5 (Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2012)

CDS Provides Online Catalog and PTC Creo Models for 2012 – 2013 FIRST Robotics

KUKA Robotics Corporation Debuts Innovative Packaging and Palletizing Solutions at Pack Expo 2012

Engineering Webinar: Automating the process of simulation CAE / CFD (CD-Adpco)

Molex Launches QuickConnect and Fast Start Up Features for Industrial Robotics at Pack Expo 2012

Delcam Thailand to show latest CAM developments in Bangkok

Camtech to Show Latest Edgecam at EuroMold 2012

Manufacturing Summit: Closing the Divide

CCE to showcase OfficeLink at PLM Innovation

FIRST Extends Annual Robotics Championship in St. Louis Through 2014

Corporate Newsletters

ZWCAD+ Newsletter – October 2012

FEA Information Journal – October 2012

Kenesto: 30 day trial

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